The Newcastle team v Birmingham has just been announced.
Rafa Benitez making 4 changes from the side that lost 3-1 to Fuham.
The United boss had already confirmed that Ciaran Clark and DeAndre Yedlin wouldn’t be involved until at least after this upcoming international break.
Hanley replaces the injured Clark but the big news is that both Shelvey and Gayle have been left out!
Murphy replaces Gayle up front with Perez getting a game in behind him, whilst Gouffran comes back in on the left. Gayle, Atsu and Shelvey all dropping to the bench.
Big call is Rafa putting Mohamed Diame in the middle of the pitch with Colback.
After announcing the team, the club indicated that Shelvey having been ill this week has contributed to the decision to relegate him to a place amongst the subs.
One thing with Rafa Benitez, he isn’t scared of making big calls in his team selection.
Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Hanley, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Colback, Gouffran, Perez, Murphy
Elliot, Gamez, Mbemba, Shelvey, Atsu, Gayle, Mitrovic
Compare Rafa’s selection to the predicted team we featured earlier HERE.
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